Editor: Last week we ran an article about an Ocean Beach woman who was arrested when she returned home to find her neighbor’s apartment had a fire and she was refused entrance to her own bottom floor apartment on Cape May. A firefighter had found marijuana in Larissa Danielli’s apartment, and even though she had a medicinal marijuana card, she was still arrested. Since our original report, there was much speculation among commenters. Eventually, Larissa herself came onto the post and left several comments, giving her side of the story. We thought it important enough to place her comments into its own post.
By Larissa Danielli / Comments posted originally on November 7, 2011
I am the woman arrested.
I am the business owner of a DJ company. Upon arriving at the scene, I realized the police had not protected my very EXPENSIVE DJ equipment and were letting it be water damaged.
I repeatedly requested that they move my equipment to a safer place and up off of the floor. The officer refused and I kept repeating my request. He then arrested me for “obstruction of justice.” I believe there should first be justice to obstruct, but there wasn’t. The cop was thrilled as could be, saying he was getting me for possession of marijuana and sales, where I was quick to point out I do have a medical marijuana card.
The “endangerment to a child” came because the officer couldn’t arrest me for marijuana. My child was at DAYCARE and no where even NEAR the fire, my apartment, or me. But they pressed felony charges, went and picked my kid up from DAYCARE, REFUSED to allow family to take him, and placed him in a childrens home, where he still resides.
I spent 5 days in jail for these trumped up charges and now have to fight Child Protective Services to get my child back.
This was GROSSLY mishandled and I have never felt more violated on how those sent to “protect and serve” had a complete lack of sensitivity, bullied, and made up false accusations.
Oh, and they ALSO took away my drivers liscense for having an MMJ card, saying that I am unable to drive if I have an medical marijuana card and I now have to fight the DMV also.
The ceiling is damaged and will need to fixed due to mold and the whole floor suffered severe water damage. Although my house is too torn apart to plug in my stereo system, I am sure my speakers are ruined. They are very heavy and sat directly on the floor, with only about a 1/4 inch strip before the speaker opens into wire mesh.
All the carpet and padding from the entire apartment has had to be ripped out. It wasn’t as if I was asking the police to enter a ‘dangerous’ place to access my speakers and bring them outside, or up off the floor, to safety. They had already wrapped my tv, my chairs and other random stuff and were standing directly in front of my speakers, inside, talking. My speakers were underneith my DJ table and covered with a table cloth, directly in front of the front door and out of the way of the ceiling damage. It’s the water damage spreading thru the carpet that got them.
They are still refusing to give my 22 month-0ld child back and I now have to go to rehab for marijuana and submit to drug testing for at least 6 months, among many other “requirements” or risk having my child put up for adoption. If anyone knows a good family law attorney or civil rights attorney, that is about the best help I can get right now. Thank you for caring.
I would also like to add that the cooler was sealed, out of reach and never around children. Thanks to SDPD, Americas “Finest”, I am now out a home, a child, a drivers license and much more. Not to mention the tax dollars spent protecting America from dangerous me.